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AS IS | Pervana Myradova

Ballet dancer

From Turkmenistan

Based in Chicago

Former Soloist of the National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to ballet?

P: I am Pervana Myradova. I am 24 years old. I was born in Turkmenistan. When I was 7 years old I started to study ballet. My teacher graduated from The Vaganova Ballet Academy. Her name was Irina Abdyevna. She opened up ballet to me, showed me the basics and all complexities of the ballet.

When I was 10 years old I left for Belarus. For 8 years I studied at the Belarusian State Choreography Gymnasium-College. I was alone without my parents. It was a hard time being without parents. I wanted to become a professional and successful ballet artist.

After graduating from college. I got a job at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. One year later I became an artist of the highest qualification category (Soloist of the Belarusian ballet). I performed many hard and responsible roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 7th waltz in Chopiniana, Maria in Fountain of Bakhchysarai, Kitty in the Anna Karenina, Maria in Nutcracker, Pas de trois, Little Swans in The Swan Lake, pas de trois Le Corsaire, etc. I performed at Gala Concerts as well.

I toured with our ballet company around the Republic of Belarus and abroad. They wrote about me in newspapers and magazines. I am the leading model at LikeG company. Now I live in Chicago. I am married to a wonderful person. He is a chess grandmaster and chess instructor.

Currently, I work at the Academy Ballet & Art as a ballet teacher. The director of the academy is Bella Levinson. She is an amazing and kind person. She does everything for her students. Also, I give private lessons. I love work with children and sharing my experience and energy with them to make them better.

A: Where do you find the inspiration?

P: When I was working in theater. I found inspiration in books and movies when I was preparing for a new role. It helped to find my own personality in dance. Now children are my inspiration. Their good results and success. I do my best to make them better every time and when I succeed I am so happy.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to the ballet and art of dance, what to begin with?

P: They should start with the basics of classical dance. It is necessary to position your upper body, arms legs, and whole body correctly. This will prepare the body for further dancing. The teacher also has to teach the beginner to recognize the beauty and discipline of ballet and tell the story of the ballet and explain the meaning of each movement.

A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to the dance/ballet?

P: My 3 top adjectives related to dance/ballet are graceful, strong, and artistic. There is power behind a graceful dance that makes the dance effortless.

A: The best angle to look at the ballet is from ..?

P: The best angle to look at the ballet is from the auditorium in the theater. You can completely enjoy the performance and live the story of each person. You can see talented dancers, incredible decorations, beautiful costumes, and of course hear wonderful music that is played by the orchestra.

A: Must-read books/spectacles to watch in order to talk about art of dance (do we even need them)?

P: I recommend reading a book by Vaganova, The basics of classical dance. This book describes and shows the basics of everything beginners need to know.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to dance)

P: When you feel it does not mean the end of everything. Stand up and show everyone that you can do it better. This quote helps me to never give up and keep going towards goals.

Thank you!

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